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March 2, 2017 at 8:58 pm #1202028399
Season 5 begins next tuesday. 93 at Metacritic with 6 reviews.March 2, 2017 at 9:02 pm #1202028400
Deadline gave it a great reviewMarch 2, 2017 at 9:03 pm #1202028402
Margo also supposedly has a bigger role this season so watch her finally lose when she deserves it.March 2, 2017 at 9:07 pm #1202028406
Metacritic ratings for The Americans
Season 1: 78
Season 2: 88
Season 3: 92
Season 4: 95
Season 5: 93 (so far)March 3, 2017 at 8:28 am #1202028660
I want this season to finally be a season of consistent brilliance. Unpopular opinion but I thought that the last season after Martha was flown out of the US was a bore.March 3, 2017 at 10:20 am #1202028706
I want this season to finally be a season of consistent brilliance. Unpopular opinion but I thought that the last season after Martha was flown out of the US was a bore.
I definitely agree that Martha leaving was the climax of S4 and that things slowed down way too much after David Copperfield, but things were still happening.
Since it’s the penultimate season and everything is coming to an end, I don’t think this will slow down again. Let’s see, I can’t wait to find out.March 3, 2017 at 11:46 am #1202028774
Yeah I think the season wasn’t as good after Martha left…though that episode may have been my favorite episode of the show. I still enjoyed it immensely though. I am so excited for the new season. I want this to be the year Keri Russell finally wins.March 3, 2017 at 12:07 pm #1202028780
I found S4 to be the best tv season of the year, and the best season of the show. I don’t like when too much stuff happens; this is the most subtle show I’ve ever watched after Mad Men, and I think that there are so many layers behind the actual events for the viewer to discover. It makes me wonder, how did the writers do that? The right word, often abused but not this time, is: genius.March 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm #1202028814
Mixed feelings about the opinion of the show being a bit of a bore after Allison Wright left the show. I sort of agree then again, I thought the finale, “Persona Non Grata” was the show’s strongest episodes. I would like to see Margo Martindale step up in a supporting role to compensate for losing Wright but I don’t think that will happen.March 3, 2017 at 1:44 pm #1202028832
I found S4 to be the best tv season of the year, and the best season of the show. I don’t like when too much stuff happens; this is the most subtle show I’ve ever watched after Mad Men, and I think that there are so many layers behind the actual events for the viewer to discover. It makes me wonder, how did the writers do that? The right word, often abused but not this time, is: genius.
I wouldn’t exactly call Mad Men subtle. That show practically clobbered you over the head with its symbolism every chance it got. Maybe subdued?March 4, 2017 at 12:36 am #1202029037
I wouldn’t exactly call Mad Men subtle. That show practically clobbered you over the head with its symbolism every chance it got. Maybe subdued?
Subdued for sure. But I never felt that its abundance of symbolism forced me into a unique thought or interpretration. Instead, there were always new worlds to discover. Think of The Other Woman, personally my favourite episode (and one of the very few i’m able to recall their title, to be honest): there were so many perspectives, so many points of view to make things very unclear at the end of it. And for that unclarity, which might be the work of art’s best quality, i would argue that Mad Men was also very subtle.March 7, 2017 at 12:39 pm #1202031423
The day has finally arrived! I’m so excited!Riley (the normal one, not the one who won the predictions contest)ParticipantMarch 7, 2017 at 5:23 pm #1202031561
Ed Bark: “The Americans otherwise remains in the top tier of TV dramas, even if the first three episodes of the 13-episode new season could use a kick in the pants pacing-wise. If you haven’t yet discovered the show, this probably isn’t an ideal entry point. The key event near the end of the fifth season’s opening hour seems to take forever and a day to unfold. I’m all for building suspense, but one also has to be careful not let the air out.”
Rob Owen: “But for fans of The Americans, the first two episodes are a little light on forward story momentum. Episode one spends an awful lot of time on digging a huge hole in the ground with fairly predictable results. And in episode two there’s a lot of wandering around a greenhouse buzzing with insects that’s supposed to be ominous but instead comes off like a homage to The X-Files.”
Ken Tucker: “Frankly, every time the show switches to an Oleg moment, I find my mind wandering. I’ve always found that whenever The Americans uses its passport to Russia, the proceedings slow to a crawl. We get it: Communism is the worst.”
So I am thinking that the score on Metacritic is inflated and more a result of goodwill from being the most acclaimed drama on television the last two seasons. I was actually expecting a 96 or 99 like Homeland and Breaking Bad got in their heydays. Brace yourselves for a slow start.
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